New video released shows drug investigation of Oklahoma man killed by Tulsa reserve deputy

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TULSA, Okla. – The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office has release a series of recordings from its investigation into the activities of Eric Harris.

Harris, the subject of an undercover sting,  was shot by Reserve Deputy Robert Bates on April 2, when the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office says Bates mistook his gun for his taser.

The video is from a series of encounters with Harris from before the day he was shot.

It shows Harris meeting with an undercover deputy on three separate occasions.

The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office say the video depicts three drug transactions.

Harris and the undercover deputy discuss a drug transaction, though what kind of drug is not immediately clear.

At one point, Harris encourages the man several times to ‘taste it.’

Eventually, the discussion between Harris and the agent turns to the possible purchase of guns, one of them a sawed-off shotgun.

Harris can be heard setting an appointment with the undercover deputy to make the sale later in the day.

Authorities say Harris ran from authorities after trying to sell an illegal handgun the day he died.

Gates, the 73-year-old reserve deputy who shot Harris, pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter on Tuesday.


Important note: This video was released by the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, who edited the video to block the identity of the undercover deputy, the public in the background, and tag description. The video below has NOT been edited by KFOR and is shown in its entirety.

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